Most Aussies see view their pets as full-fledged members of the family. Whether it’s a dog, a cat, a guinea pigs, a budgie, or even a bearded dragon. Why, then, don’t we treat them as such when it comes to traveling together in a car? Too often do we let our pets travel in conditions that would be considered dangerous for a person’s wellbeing.

1. This is my spot!

It always helps to have clear and firm rules when traveling with an animal. Your pet should have “their own” assigned permanent spot in the car, also keep in mind to not change that assigned spot if possible.

2. Buckle me up, please

One option is to transport your animal in the very back, but in this scenario, you should separate yourself with your pet with protective mesh. If this option isn’t possible, your pet should be placed in the back seat and secure them using a special pet harness, that attaches to the seat belt or seat belt buckle.

Be careful though, you should NEVER attach your pet’s harness to their collar (unless specified by the manufacturer).

3. My eyes are bulging out from the noise

Excessive noise can harm not only humans, but also animals. There have been numerous studies that have shown significantly worse hearing in dogs who are surrounded by frequent hunting gunfire. Similarly, loud music may have the same effect – having your music on ‘full blast’ in the car is definitely not good for your pets hearing.

4. What if I need to roll around?

If you don’t want your pet’s fur, saliva or muddy paws getting on your car seats, you should consider using Skoda’s genuine car seat protective cover. It’s compact, installs in a matter of minutes and can completely protect your seat from getting dirty or damaged.

The surface of the seat cover is waterproof, easily washable, and non-slip, making your pets journey in the car more comfortable for long and short trips.

5. Let’s take a break

Long travel is difficult for everyone.

Dogs should take a break every 2-3 hours, however each pet is different, with some pets requiring more frequent stops. You should use any breaks for more than just stretching your legs, but also for drinking and feeding your pet.

It’s always better to feed your pet outside the car, as feeding whilst the car is in motion isn’t recommended.

6. I do only what you let me

Only pets who obey basic commands and who are firmly secured, should join you in the car for long trips. As driving a vehicle requires full attention, with even the slightest distraction having the potential of causing an accident.

It’s important to note that all pets must be secured when driving, with fines varying between states across Australia.

7. I’m not liable for damages!

So you bought a cute little piglet but it turned into a massive swine? Although modern cars sturdy, it’s worthwhile investing in relevant pet accessories for your car.

You can equip your car with a durable rubber floor in the boot, or a practical barrier for dividing the interior space - this will help prevent damage, reduce the possibility of injury, and also help prevent pesky odours.

8. Did you forget anything?

Before embarking on your road trip, you should come prepared with a travel bag for all your pet’s needs.

What to consider bringing when traveling with your pet?
• Any relevant documentation
• Medication
• Food, treat & bowl
• Fresh water supply
• Your pets favourite toy
• Cleaning products or disinfectant wipes
• Disposable bags
• Bedding

9. I hate loneliness and saunas

There are countries where locking animals in an empty car is illegal.

In Australia it can be dangerous and even deadly to leave your pet unattended in a car. On warm days, the temperature inside your car can quickly double, even when it’s cloudy outside.

And winter isn’t much better, so apply the same logic as you would in summer – rather than leaving your pet in the car, leave them at home instead.

Do you know how quickly the temperature inside a parked car rises?

Temperatures inside a car can vary depending on the car’s color or the cloud cover. In warm weather with a partly cloudy sky, it can exceed 50° C in just 20 minutes. And that slightly open window won’t change this too much.


Source: study published in the journal Pediatrics; original temperatures in °F were converted to °C and rounded with an accuracy of half a degree

10. Can I drive

It may be hard to resist your pet when they’re giving you their best puppy dog eyes, but keep in mind that the health and safety of you and your passengers is the most important thing.

Small pets travelling on your shoulder or freely roaming inside the car can injure themselves OR you when the braking, and a pet on your lap is at risk of serious injury in the case of an accident from the airbag.

This is why securely fastening your pet, should always be treated as just as important, as your own personal safety.

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